Livestock sale proceeds up over ’12

According to preliminary totals, the Seneca County Fair’s livestock sale again has brought in more money than the previous year.

The two-day auction brought in $457,246, compared to $426,055 in 2012, according to preliminary results. It has been on a steady increase, bringing in $328,408 in 2009, $396,238 in 2010 and $412,976 in 2011, according to early results.

Increases this year occurred in dairy steers, feeder calves, goats, lambs and poultry, while decreases occurred in goat milk, hogs, milk, rabbits, steers and heifers, and wool.

The sale was handled differently this year, with all species being sold Saturday and champion animals being sold Sunday.

Megan Fredritz, livestock sale coordinator, said officials wanted to make it what was best for buyers and exhibitors and what was easiest for those running the sale.

“The sale is done by volunteers, and it’s not fair for them to be here all hours of the night,” she said.

Fredritz said she thought the new sale structure went well. The group, she said, still needs a lot of help.

Sale volunteers deal with the sale process two days out of the year. It is an intense two days for the volunteers helping with the sale, Fredritz said.

“It all comes down to two days,” she said.